Children with hearing loss are often described as being socially awkward. Pragmatic language skills can be several years delayed in comparison to typically hearing peers, causing immature social skills and social interactions. Being able to self-advocate for their listening, communication and learning needs requires our students to have not only a strong self-concept, but also socially appropriate skills. I liked this workbook because of it’s clear structure in teaching through discussion of the child’s own experiences. You can work with the child on all 4 areas, or just what you feel he or she needs. This workbook would be especially helpful when the Social Language/Behavior Cards are used following discussion to further explore appropriate social responses with the child.
The Social Skills Workbook
By practicing “self-talk,” children acquire specific skills—perceiving themselves as competent, expecting success in social situations, not worrying, accepting mistakes, and taking credit for success.
This workbook is ideal for both shy, socially neglected children, and aggressive, socially rejected youngsters.
I. Making Friends
- Asking Questions
- Giving Compliments
- Introducing Yourself
- Starting Conversations
- Following Rules
- Joining In
- Suggesting Activities
- Taking Turns
III. Responding Positively to Peers
- Accepting Compliments
- Helping Peers in Trouble
- Offering Help
- Showing Concern for Peers
- Standing Up for Peers
- Asking for Help
- Asking to Borrow Others’ Property
- Expressing Negative Feelings
- Expressing Positive Feelings
- Getting Attention Appropriately
As children work on these skills they learn to use six different kinds of self-talk.
- Feeling Competent: In order to do something, first you have to tell yourself that you can do it.
- Expecting Success: Once you feel that you can do something, you have to tell yourself that you will be successful.
- Not Worrying: When you are using your social skills, try not to worry about how you will do. If you can’t help worrying, then remind yourself that you can use your skills even if you do worry.
- Accepting Mistakes: Whenever you try something new, you’re going to make some mistakes. Accept them, and don’t be discouraged from trying again.
- Crediting Yourself: When you have done what you wanted to do, give yourself credit. Crediting yourself positively means you tell yourself that YOU made it happen.
- Complimenting Yourself: Compliment yourself for a specific behavior. When you criticize something you have done wrong, criticize only your behavior, not yourself.
Spiral bound, 8.5″ x 11″, 60 pages.